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Course Objectives

  • To enable students to understand themselves, society and the world at large, maintain a healthy personal development and contribute to the well-being of the family, the local community, the nation and the world as confident, informed and responsible persons.
  • To help students develop their independent and life-long learning skills such as critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving skills, communication skills and information skills.
  • To form a guideline for teachers to design appropriate teaching, learning and assessment activities to achieve the learning outcome.

Yearly Major Concerns


Departmental Major Concern 1: To fine-tune the school-based IH and LS curriculum so as to enhance teaching and learning

  • To a form a working group and conduct regular meetings to discuss the modification of the current IH curriculum
  • To conduct regular meetings with EDB representatives to further fine-tune the school-based LS teaching materials, assessments and the whole curriculum planning
  • To conduct lesson studies (S4 and S5) to facilitate the implementation of the school-based teaching materials

Departmental Major Concern 2: To promote Senior Social Science subjects to our students (especially junior form)

  • To organize various activities to promote senior social science subjects in Department Week
  • To organize different subject-based activities to promote our subjects
  • To set up Social Science Monthly Challenge Corner to arouse students’ interests in our subjects
  • To organize a study tour to promote our subjects (LS, Econ, Geog and BAFS) especially to S3 students



Integrated Humanities (S1-S3)


Course Objectives

After studying the IH curriculum, students should be able to

  • broaden their knowledge base with the connection among the disciplines in PSHE;
  • understand more about themselves, their society, their nation, and the world at large;
  • develop multiple perspectives on controversial issues; develop generic skills so that they can construct knowledge in order to cope with changing personal and social circumstances; and
  • develop different thinking and learning strategies appropriate to the study of humanities and social science subjects.


Secondary 1


 Topic Content
Life in Hong Kong
  • Geographical setting of HK
  • Relief, climate and weather of HK
  • Urban development and sustainable development in HK
  • Urban problems and urban renewal
Socio-political situation in Hong Kong
  • Political situation of HK before 1997
  • Functions of the government of the HKSAR and relationship with Hong Kong residents
  • Relationship between the Central Authorities and the HKSAR
  • Importance of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China and the Basic Law to Hong Kong residents
  • Identities, rights and duties of HK residents
  • Participation in social and political affairs (mainly about election)
Map reading skills
  • Grid references
  • Scale
  • Measure distance
  • Directions
  • Area
  • Latitude and Longitude
IT and Project skills
  • Using mind map
  • Field study skills
  • Basic IT presentation skills such as PowerPoint
  • Using iClass system


Secondary 2


 Topic Content
Political and economic systems in China
  • Understanding of the internal and foreign affairs of the People’s Republic of China (PRC)
  • Establishment of the government of the PRC
  • Political system of the PRC
  • Socio-economic development since China’s reform and opening-up
  • Agricultural and rural development in China
  • Urbanization and population problems in China
  • Other economic and environmental issues of China
  • Meaning of globalization
  • Economic, political and cultural aspects of globalization
  • How science and technology are changing people’s interactions and relationships throughout the world
  • Advantages and disadvantages of globalization
  • Ways that people of different cultures interact in the global system and how such international conflicts and threats to peace
  • The work of some world organization, e.g. WTO
  • Opportunities and challenges created by globalization for HK and China
IT and Project skills
  • Setting a topic
  • Setting questionnaires
  • Conducting interviews
  • Data analysis
  • Applying graphic and numeric skills in presentations
  • IT presentations skills


Secondary 3


 Topic Content
Energy technology and the environment
  • Where does energy come from?
  • Problems arising from energy use e.g. energy shortage
  • Role of individuals in environmental protection, e.g. personal lifestyle
  • Understanding of sustainable development
Public health
  • Classifications of common diseases
  • Causes and prevention of common diseases in HK
  • Positive and negative consequences of personal conduct
  • Importance of community health (focus on medical services and education)
  • Limited resources in meeting the needs of the whole community
  • International cooperation and efforts towards public health issues, e.g. Avian Flu
Introduction to NSS BAFS
  • Marketing management
  • Accounting equation
  • Introduction to financial statement
Introduction to NSS Geography
  • Introduction of the relief of HK
  • Living with natural hazards
  • Global distribution of earthquakes and its relationship with plate boundaries
Introduction to NSS Economics
  • Scarcity, choice and opportunity cost
  • Types of goods and services produced
  • Basic problems in Economics
  • Positive and normative statements
Project skills
  • Preparation for NSS LS Independent Enquiry Study (IES)
  • Setting a topic
  • Numeric and graphic skills
  • Analytical and critical skills
  • Collecting both primary and secondary data
  • Writing a formal written report
IT skills – Reporting with tables and charts
  • Generate tables according to a format specified by teacher
  • Generate charts with two or more sets of data
  • Complete a project with tables and charts


Liberal Studies (S4-S6)


Course Objectives
Liberal Studies provides opportunities for students to explore issues relevant to the human condition in a wide range of contexts. Liberal Studies enables students to understand the contemporary world and its pluralistic nature. It enables students to make connections among different disciplines, examine issues from a variety of perspectives, and construct personal knowledge of immediate relevance to themselves in today's world.


 Areas of Study Independent Enquiry Study (IES)
A. Self & Personal Development
Module 1: Personal Development & Interpersonal Relationships

Students are required to conduct as IES making use of the knowledge and perspectives gained from the three Areas of Study and extending them to new issues or contexts. To help students develop their IES titles, the following themes are suggested:


  • Media
  • Education
  • Religion
  • Sports
  • Art
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
B. Society & Culture
Module 2: Hong Kong Today
Module 3: Modern China
Module 4: Globalization
C. Science, Technology & the Environment
Module 5: Public Health
Module 6: Energy Technology & the Environment


Module 1: Personal Development and Interpersonal Relationships


Themes Key Questions for Enquiry
1. Understanding oneself What challenges and opportunities does a person have during adolescence?
2. Interpersonal relationships What interpersonal factors facilitate adolescents to reflect upon and prepare for the transition to adulthood?

Module 2: Hong Kong Today


Themes Key Questions for Enquiry
1. Quality of Life Which directions might be chosen in maintaining and improving Hong Kong residents?quality of life?
2. Rule of law and socio-political participation How do Hong Kong residents participate in political and social. Affairs and come to grips with rights and responsibilities with respect to the rule of law?
3. Identity How are the identities of Hong Kong residents developed?


Module 3: Modern China


Themes Key Questions for Enquiry
1. China's reform and opening-up What impact has reform and opening-up had on the overall development of the country and on people's life?
2. Chinese culture and modern life With respect to the evolution of concepts of the family, what kind of relationship between traditional culture and modern life has been manifested?
To what extent are traditional customs compatible with modern Chinese society?

Module 4: Globalization


Themes Key Questions for Enquiry
1. Impact of globalization Why do people from different parts of the world react differently to the opportunities and challenges brought by globalization?


Module 5: Public Health


Themes Key Questions for Enquiry
1. Understanding of public health How is people understanding of disease and public health affected by different factors?
2. Science, technology and public health To what extent does science and technology enhance the development of public health?


Module 6: Energy Technology and the Environment


Themes Key Questions for Enquiry
1. The influences of energy technology How do energy technology and environmental problems relate to each other?
2. The environment and sustainable development Why has sustainable development become an important contemporary issue?
What is the relationship between its occurrence and the development of science and technology?


Economics (S4-S6)


Course Objectives

  • To obtain a thorough understanding of general economic principals and concepts and their application to real world situations
  • To understand and interpret economic information presented in different forms
  • To acquire some basic tools and skills in economic analysis.
  • To understand the economic system of Hong Kong.


Secondary 4


 Topic Time to be spent
Chp 1: Basic economic concepts
Chp 2: The three basic economic problems
6 weeks
Chp 3: Ownership of firms
Chp 4: Production and division of labour
Chp 5: Factors of production
Chp 6: Production in the short run and long run
8 weeks
Chp 7: The objective and expansion of firms
Chp 8: Determination of market price
Chp 9: Change in Market prices
6 weeks
Chp 10: Price elasticity of demand and supply
Chp 11: Market intervention
Chp 12: Market Structure
10 weeks
Total: 30 weeks


Secondary 5


 Topic Time to be spent
Chp 13: Efficiency, Equity and the role of Government (1) 4 weeks
Chp 14: Efficiency, Equity and the role of Government (2) 4 weeks
Chp 15: Measurement of economic performance (I)
Chp 16: Measurement of economic performance (II)
5 weeks
Chp 19: Money and banking
Chp 20: Money supply and money demand
Chp 21: Business cycle, Changes in the general price level and unemployment
8 weeks
Chp 17: Aggregate demand and aggregate supply
Chp 18: Determination of output and price
Chp 22: Fiscal policy and monetary policy
10 weeks
Total: 31 weeks


 Secondary 6


 Topic Time to be spent
Chp 23: Absolute and comparative advantage 3 weeks
Chp 24: Trade barrier 3 weeks
Chp 25: Exchange rate and balance of payments 2 weeks
Chp 28: Extension of trade theory 2 weeks
Chp 29: Economic growth and development 2 weeks
Total: 12 weeks


 Business, Accounting and Financial Studies (S4-S6)


Course Objectives

1. Through the study of the BAFS curriculum, students will be able to develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • the intertwined relationships of different business areas;
  • the dynamic environment in which businesses operate, where changes influence planning and decision-making;
  • the importance of accounting in managing a business;
  • the functions of management in formulating effective strategies for businesses; and
  • the importance of managing personal finance.

2. Students are expected to develop generic skills, in particular, the ability to:

  • use information technology to locate, select and organize relevant business information for decision-making;
  • investigate, analyze and evaluate business issues from a variety of perspectives;
  • communicate business information and issues effectively; and
  • work in a team situation and assume a leadership role.

3. Students are expected to develop positive values and attitudes so that they may:

  • be informed, active and responsible participants in the business world;
  • be critically aware of the importance of socially responsible and ethical business behaviour; and
  • behave responsibly in controlling their personal finances.


Secondary 4


Compulsory Part
(Paper 1)
Business Environment Hong Kong Business Environment
Forms of Business Ownership
Business Ethics and Social Responsibilities
Introduction to Management Management Functions
Effective Management
Key Business Functions
Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Management
Business Communication
Introduction to Accounting Purposes and the Changing Role of Accounting
Uses of Financial Statements
Accounting Principles and Conventions
The Accounting Cycle
Basic Ratio Analysis
Basics of Personal Financial Management Fundamentals of Financial Management
Personal Financial Management

Secondary 5 & 6


Elective Part Accounting Module(Paper 2A) Financial Accounting Adjustments for the preparation of financial statements
Financial reporting for different forms of business ownership
Control Systems
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
Financial Analysis
Incomplete Records
IT Applications in Accounting
Ethical Issues in Accounting
Cost Accounting Cost classification, concepts and terminology
Job Costing
Marginal and Absorption Costing
Cost Accounting for decision-making
Business Management Module(Paper 2B) Financial Management Financial Analysis
Sources of Financing
Capital Investment Appraisal
Working Capital Management
Risk Management
Human Resources Management Functions of Human Resources Management
Development of a Quality Workforce
Marketing Management Role of Marketing
Marketing Research
Customer Behaviour
Marketing Strategies for Goods and Services


Geography (S4-S6)


Course Objectives

The curriculum comprises a compulsory part and an elective part. The compulsory part comprises seven geographical issues and problems that have strong relevance for Hong Kong students and are expected to be of considerable public concern for a reasonable period of time. They are structured around three major themes, namely ‘Living with our physical environment’, ‘Facing changes in the human environment’, and ‘Confronting global challenges’.


1. Geographical skills

2. Living with our physical environment (Book 1)

  • Opportunities and Risks – is it rational to live in hazard-prone areas?
  • Managing Rivers and Coastal Environments: A continuing challenge


3. Facing changes in the human environment (Book 2)

  • Changing Industrial Location – How and why does it change over space and time?
  • Building a Sustainable City – Are environmental conservation and urban development mutually exclusive?


4. Confronting global challenges (Book 3)

  • Combating Famine – Is technology a panacea (萬能藥) for food shortage?
  • Disappearing Green Canopy – Who should pay for the massive deforestation in rainforest regions?
  • Global Warming – Is it fact or fiction (虛構)?


The elective parts serve as an extension to the compulsory of the curriculum. The electives are as follows:

5. Dynamic Earth: the building of Hong Kong (Book 4)

6. Transport Development, Planning and Management (Book 6)



Two major modes of assessment, continuous assessment and end of term examinations, are used to measure student performance. Continuous assessment includes uniform tests, quizzes and dictations, major assignments, note-taking and projects, etc.


Yearly Functions and Activities


S1 LegCo visit


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S1 Yaumatei field trip


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S2&5 Talk about China by Friends of HK


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S3 CLP nuclear resources centre visit


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Geog field trip to Yaumatei


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Inter-house current affairs quiz competition


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Hok Yau Club News Commentary Competition prize presentation


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Dept Week activity - Friday Morning Assembly


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BAFS activity - Creative Cube Business Program


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S4&5 Student Forum


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Geog Day Camp


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BAFS activity – My Dream Tuck Shop


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BAFS activity – JA Personal Finance workshop


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BAFS activity – Marketing talk


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Department Members


 Teacher Subject & Level Other Responsibilities
Mr Luke Wong S4&6 LS, S4 Econ Head of Liberal Studies and Economics
Ms Jenny Sit S4 BAFS (Acct) Head of Business and Financial Subjects
Ms Jothy Liu S4&6 LS IES Coordinator
Ms Karen Chan S4&6 BAFS (Acct)  
Ms Iris Chan S2 IH  
Ms Margaret Chan  S2 IH, S4 LS  
Mr Chan Tak  S4&6 Econ, S3 IH  
Mr Derek Chow  S5 BAFS (Acct), S1&3 IH  
Ms Elaine Chu  S2 IH  
Ms Kellie Lam  S4,5&6 Geog  
Mr Kenneth Lau  S4,5&6 LS  
 Ms Mandy Man  S5&6 LS  
 Ms Irene Ng  S2 IH  
Ms Clare Sin S1 IH  
Ms Juno Tang S5 Econ, S3 IH  
Mr Martin Wong S4,5&6 BAFS (BM), S3 IH  
Mr Eric Yau S1 IH  
Ms Sue Yu S5 LS, S1 IH  
Ms Joanne Chan IH&LS Remedial Classes / IH Tutorial Room Teaching Assistant